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In their 2018 reunion, members of Charlie Company, a unit of the Old Guard, paid a visit to the grave of one of their own who died in service to his country. The unit helped recover remains and evidence in hours and days following the Pentago attack, but is being denied a request to attend anniversary ceremonies there. (Contributed photo)

Ashland-area resident Patrick A. McKuen was a U.S. Army paratrooper 20 years ago, serving with the elite Old Guard Third Infantry Regiment in Washington, D.C.

when a hijacked jet crashed into the Pentagon, killing 184.

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The members of the Old Guard are the nation’s premier ceremonial soldiers and are tasked with the defense of America’s capital. (Contributed photo)

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A member of the Old guard patrols Washington, D.C. shortly after the 9/11 attacks. (Contributed photo)

  

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Patrick A. McKuen helped organize a planned 20th anniversary reunion for members of his U.S. Army unit that helped pull victims from the Pentagon wreckage in the days after 9/11. The Department of Defense told the group they could not attend memorial services, but they are determined to go anyway. (Contributed photo)

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